It was originally fitted with a 3.2L inline-six engine based on the engine of the standard E46 M3. The car first entered the GT class of the American Le Mans Series in 2000, in which it only took a single victory and was beaten on several occasions by the Porsche 911 GT3-R.
Production started in 2007 and ceased in 2013. The Evolution X featured a new full-time S-AWC AWD system that enables regulation of braking and torque force at each wheel of the car. The system also controls driving manoeuvres as required and confers torque to the wheels that have the best grip for example.